Originally Posted by chrismgtis
Depends on your style. "My" style recommendation would be almost anything from BKE/Buckle.
You could also check Kohls for Helix t-shirts (great prices) and Tony Hawk jeans. Helix t-shirts are much like what you can get at Buckle, but for 1/5th of the price. You can get button up shirts for about $25, which would cost you $100 from Buckle. Tony Hawk's are pretty comfortable and can be stylish, but not near as stylish as say the BKE jeans.
Buckle will also fit your jeans for you in the store so they fit perfectly. And that is a big deal.
Rue 21 is a possibility if you like that kind of thing (though their clothes don't last that long compared to say BKE). Most of the clothes there are kind of a "punk" look, but from time to time you can find some neat stuff for a good price.
For the price, comfort and style. I don't know how you can beat it for denim.
Helix Shirt Examples
Pre-distressed jeans that look like shit are not "punk" or "rock", they're pre-distressed jeans that look like shit.
If you want jeans in a similar price range, check out some of the Levi's options that are sold at UrbanOutfitters (514, 511, 501, and if you're really skinny 510s). They range from $50-$68 and are much better quality than anything you'd find at Kohls, BKE, or Buckle. I'd suggest starting with 514's or 501's and if those are too loose for your preference going down to 511's.
Don't wear shit with labeling plastered all over the clothing (see Abercrombie&Fitch) or gaudy detailing (see Ed Hardy). You'll end up looking like a douchebag. Basic solid tees can be found at H&M, American Apparel, J. Crew, Gap, and American Eagle for pretty low prices. If you do use American Eagle get the tees with the smallest eagle logo as you possibly can. Hanes t-shirts also work for neutral colors (white, gray, black, navy(?)).
If you're just getting started and are on a low-budget, H&M and Urban Outfitters are your best bet for fashion-forward clothing. However, make sure you stay away from UO's house brand, BDG, unless it's for knits. The shirts tend to be see-through and made poorly, especially at their price.